Umno’s unprincipled leaders and their followers

Let’s talk about principles. Since we have politicians who don’t appear to have one. Having a principle will make you seem consistent. Consistency in your principles will make you become trustworthy. Even Tunku Abdul Aziz has become somewhat a blur from his old self. We will talk about him at the end of this article.

In the mean time let’s talk about how unprincipled and inconsistent some politicians are.

For instance, Hishammudin Hussein who just barely a month ago was quoted as saying:

Naib presiden Umno‎ itu berkata, Dr Mahathir perlu membiarkan dirinya dan pemimpin Umno fokus kepada menguruskan pentadbiran negara daripada melayan setiap dakwaan yang ditimbulkan.

Katanya, Dr Mahathir juga semakin keterlaluan apabila masih menyerang Najib walaupun beberapa persoalan yang dibangkitkan sudah dijawab secara terbuka, termasuk isu 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dan pembunuhan wanita Mongolia, Altantuya ‎Shaariibuu.

And now, after such brouhaha and the mismanagement of 1MDB could be contained, he is saying:

I suggest that the 1MDB board of directors appoint another international firm that is independent to examine, verify and reveal to the public all its assets, liabilities as well as the status of its investment portfolio and cash flow.

He said the public should not have to wait for the National Audit Department to complete its probe on 1MDB before getting answers, and urged the Auditor-General to prepare a report on 1MDB immediately to submit to the Public Accounts Committee.

“1MDB has become a hot issue that Malaysians are now focusing on. Hence, in my view, the government should answer the questions raised to remove negative perceptions surrounding this investment firm.

After months of defending 1MDB, most Umno ministers (not limited to just Hishammudin alone) have come out in the open to urge the government to explain and give replies to all the questions that has been asked (please refer to previous post here).

Well, aren’t you also part of the government too? Weren’t you the ones after all these months were busy defending 1MDB? What happened to your principles? You as government defending 1MDB but now you become part of the rakyat urging the government to be transparent? Are you saying you were not transparent before? Or are you saying you were defending blindly like an idiot before this?

Take the example of Umno Youth. On 13th April, Umno Youth had rallied behind the Prime Minister with regards to 1MDB. The Ketua Pemuda had said:

He added that Najib had explained all the issues raised by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the meeting that lasted over an hour.

“The Youth are very satisfied with Najib’s explanation on the current issues, thus we will continue the effort by carrying Najib’s explanation, and spread it to the party members and the public,” Khairy said.

On ways to regain the trust of the people towards BN, Khairy said they need to engage with the public and explain to them the current “crisis” that Umno is facing.

“We have to reach out to the rakyat, not only the prime minister but all the government machinery including the cabinet and party leadership.

Umno Youth celebrating the explanation they got from the PM about 1MDB

Umno Youth celebrating the explanation they got from the PM about 1MDB

For the case of Umno Youth, they went a step higher. They announced that they will help explain to the public  because they were very satisfied with the explanation by the PM back then. We wonder what kind of explanation the Youth wing had.

Because less than a month later, they made a 180 degree turn where and urged the government to answer the burning questions. Can’t they answer on behalf of the government. The last time we checked, Hishammudin and the Ketua Pemuda are members of the cabinet.

Weren’t 1MDB issue being discussed in the frequent cabinet meetings? What have the ministers been doing in those meetings?

Why are the cabinet ministers acting dumb when it comes to 1MDB? Is it because they have failed in their fiduciary duties of safeholding the

After showing solidarity with the PM, the cabinet ministers seem to be at loss. Showing solidarity and rallying behind the PM means you are supporting what the PM has been doing, that is why you were defending 1MDB. Being in solidarity means you are sharing responsibility and accountability.

Thus all this recent sudden commotion coming from these ministers are mostly because they are hedging their political position. Otherwise, a principled person will defend their original position about 1MDB and continue hoisting the top boss of 1MDB over their shoulders.

And a smart, principled person would have from the start question the 1MDB board of advisers in cabinet meetings and seek out the truth and put matters to a stop a long time ago.

All this inconsistencies show that politicians are not really honest and righteous when it comes to the people’s need and queries. They will only act when their position is in jeopardy.

Same goes to the pro-1MDB people in the sidelines like Tunku Abdul Aziz. It doesn’t matter if Tun Mahathir had bailed out companies when he was the Prime Minister. This has been talked about way back during Pak Lah’s administration, where the unofficial policy at that time was to denigrate and disparage Tun Mahathir’s legacy.

The main issue NOW is the questions about 1MDB which have not been answered.

The rakyat themselves are asking the same questions. Will Tunku Aziz and all the pro-Najib cybertroopers will then tell the rakyat: “Hey rakyat, you can’t get the answers because you also have bailed out several companies in the past!”

How come, in the effort of diverting the real issue, all these parasites and “pelesit” and “jemuan” have become stupid?

Are they the proponent of “if the people don’t know what we’re doing then the people won’t know what we’re doing wrong”?

Good luck in answering the people. Please do not dumb down the public by attacking Tun Dr Mahathir. It won’t work. Pak Lah learned this lesson the hard way. Anwar Ibrahim still didn’t learn that lesson. If this current administration repeating this mistake, then they are wishing their own political demise.

Tun Mahathir is just the messenger. If you don’t know from who the message is, you are truly stupid.

Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Ketua Pemuda Umno and the absence of christian apologists

Lim Kit Siang and his ilk (including his son, Lim Guan Eng) will never fail us in delivering spiteful and racist festive messages promoting hate among the people of Malaysia.

Lim Guan Eng in his infamous Wesak Day speech some time ago was even more acrimonious and vindictive. He seditiously tried to agitate the buddhists and the christians against the malays and muslims.

Malicious people are incorrigible. Malaysia is truly unfortunate to have this father-son combo who preach fairness/equality and peace but in reality, a hypocritical duo of antagonists who will not hesitate to use religion, racism and dictatorial tactics just to attain and retain power.

Compared to the Prime Minister’s Christmas message which are inclusive and even reconciliatory, Lim Kit Siang’s holiday message seemed to be a call to religious war of sorts.  Will Lim Kit Siang see the faint light at the end of the tunnel and change for the better in the twilight of his years? Don’t hold your breath.

The Ketua Pemuda Umno too wrote a Christmas message in his facebook account. Although he claimed that it is not a standard christmas greeting by politicians, it is in fact a standard festive greeting usually written by malay apologists in web columns such as The Malaysian Insider.

He wrote:

This is not going to be a standard Christmas message. I thought this year, let’s not have someone draft the same generic message that politicians get their office to churn out year in, year out.

I went to a Catholic primary school in Japan. Unlike most convent schools in Malaysia, my school was run by Canadian Catholic priests. Many of my teachers were priests. Brother Raymond, a tall, curly-haired Québécois was once such teacher who left an impression on me about hard work and fair play.

Everyday we would begin school with prayer. For non-Christians like me we just bowed our head in silence out of respect while Christian students prayed. Sometimes I would recite the Al Fatihah quietly to myself. Sometimes I would just daydream.

There was a crucifix in every classroom. Brother Raymond wore a big cross around his neck on a chain on top of his black clerical shirt. Many of my friends went for their Holy Communion and had their pictures taken for the yearbook.

We all sang in a choir. When it came to Christmas, non-Christians also sang the non-religious songs. I think some even sang the religious songs but just kept quiet during certain lines!

I went to my friends’ houses for Christmas. I was given presents. My parents were well prepared so I brought presents with me also to give to my hosts.

None of this affected my own faith. My parents instilled in me a strong foundation in Islam. I led congregational prayers among my peers when I was small. I took part in Quran recitals organised by the embassy. Nothing I experienced at my Catholic school could undermine or shake my faith.

The point of my brief recollection is this: have faith in your own faith. If your belief is strong, no one can make you lose your religion.

And if you are sure of your own convictions, you will respect others even more. You won’t view them as a threat, as people secretly working to proselytise you. You might even learn from them as I did from Brother Raymond.

To everyone celebrating, have a happy Christmas.

What a touching christmas greeting. It is more of chastising the malay muslims here in Malaysia, rather than a direct message for the Christians here. Hence, due to his capacity as Ketua Pemuda Umno, he feels that it is his right to straighten his fellow muslims and therefore, a tacit apology for non-muslims for the behaviour of his fellow muslim brothers and sisters. In this regard since it is the Christmas period, the implied apology is for the christians.

It is certainly not wrong to ask for forgiveness and extend the olive branch. Thank you Ketua Pemuda for apologising on our behalf. A liberal will always be an apologist for his race.

Hopefully during Hari Raya Aidilfitri there will be christian politicians who will write in their Facebook like below. We have took the liberty to copy the Ketua Pemuda’s message and interchange certain keywords to fit the Hari Raya message appropriately:

This is not going to be a standard Hari Raya message. I thought this year, let’s not have someone draft the same generic message that politicians get their office to churn out year in, year out.

I went to a national primary school in Johor. Unlike most national schools in Malaysia, my school was run predominantly by malay muslims. Our headmaster was a strict ustaz. Many of my teachers were religious malay muslims. Cikgu Rizal, a tall, curly-haired malay was once such teacher who left an impression on me about hard work and fair play.

Everyday we would begin school with prayer. For non-Muslims like me we just bowed our head in silence out of respect while muslim students prayed. Sometimes I would recite some psalms quietly to myself. Sometimes I would just daydream.

There was an Allah inscription in every classroom. Cikgu Rizal wore a songkok and carries a small Yassin book whenever he goes. Many of my friends went for their Khatam Quran in the afternoon religious class and had their pictures taken for the yearbook.

We all sang in a choir. When it came to Hari Raya, non-Muslims also sang the non-religious songs. I think some even sang the religious songs but just kept quiet during certain lines!

I went to my friends’ houses for Hari Raya. I was given duit raya too and eat their Raya food.

None of this affected my own faith. My parents instilled in me a strong foundation in Christianity. I attend mass on Sundays with my peers when I was small. I took part in catholic choirs organised by the local church. Nothing I experienced at my primary school could undermine or shake my faith.

The point of my brief recollection is this: have faith in your own faith. If your belief is strong, no one can make you lose your religion.

And if you are sure of your own convictions, you will respect others even more. You won’t view them as a threat, as people secretly working to undermine your religion. You might even learn from them as I did from Cikgu Rizal.

To everyone celebrating, Selamat Hari Raya Aidifitri.

Will Hannah Yeoh write something similar? Will Lim Guan Eng pose this kind of messages?

For certain, only the malays are more tolerant and reconciliatory. Spiteful and racist politicians especially from DAP do not apologise for who they are.

#chinese-supremacy, #lim-guan-eng, #lim-kit-siang

We now have popular Umno leaders

“Perhaps the less we have, the more we are required to brag.” 

– John Steinbeck from his book, East of Eden

The majority of the thinking society would feel that a political leader needs to be inherently intelligent enough to know that doing things right is paramount than doing things just to be popular.

Take for example the previous Prime Minister. He wanted to do things which will make him popular with a few factions of people which in the end, led him to become the shortest serving Prime Minister in the history of Malaysia (at 5 years and 5 months, less than Tun Hussein Onn’s at 5 years and 6 months).

Being popular is good for a career in politics but that must be complimented with genuine hardwork and results which people can really see and experienced.

If wanting to be popular for the sake of being popular then people can easily see through the leaders’ smokescreen and be exposed as fake, or a con-artist. Not so much a leader, but a buffoon trying too hard to be popular.

The current Prime Minister and his cabinet has this tendency to be popular with the masses while disregarding the concept of good leadership. We can see the apex of the attempts to gain popularity concocted up by his advisors during the run up of the recent general election.

Ranging from giving too much money to vernacular schools, running election campaigns much akin to the US Presidential election (personality-driven) rather than a cohesive, BN driven (coalition-centric) campaigns, repealing important laws just to pander towards opposition sponsored ‘human rights’, etc.

But all these bending over backwards just to become popular did not yield the returns that they had hoped for. In fact, just as we had foreseen, the majority of the people saw it through and were not impressed. Popularity is never about one-off announcements to wow the crowd. It has never been about shock-factor (just to borrow a few of consultants’ jargons), quick-wins or ‘picking the low hanging fruits’.

Having a crowd to pat you on the back after giving out goodies to people will not make you more popular.

Even Winston Churchill kept perspective on the crowds that gathered to hear him speak by conceding they would be twice as big if they gathered to see him hanged.

Popularity is a series of leadership by example, a series of doing the right things and not flip flopping on decisions that will make you be seen as less intelligent. Above all, popularity will come when you do not seek it.

It’s all about action and results.

Actively trying to be popular without any substance to begin with will only make you look pathetic. Just look at Anwar Ibrahim for example. Those with critical thinking knew him as a snake oil salesman, who would sell his principles just to be popular. Even a foreign publication had called him a chameleon.

Even in his hey days of popularity back in 90s, that couldn’t make him last long in politics. As history sees it, his popularity did not save him from falling in disgrace – exposed for his inefficient handling of the 1998 currency crisis and engaged in morally wrong conduct.

On the contrary and of course as a lesson to the current crop of leaders, going against the tide will often make you last longer in politics.

Take Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for example. He did several unpopular things during his premiership which will bring dread even to the most courageous of politicians. He sacked Anwar Ibrahim at the height of his deputy’s popularity, he clashed against the monarchy and kept their behaviours in check when a few of the rulers were misbehaving and unruly towards the people. These were extremely unpopular decisions at that time and could spell an end to a political career if popularity is what a leader seek.

But it was the right thing to do and Tun Mahathir did it because it was good for the people.

He even agreed to accept all 600,000 members of Semangat 46 back into Umno’s fold in 1996 for the sake of malay unity – a decision which was highly unpopular among Umno members when the likes of Rais Yatim, Tengku Razaleigh and Shabery Cheek returned to Umno after nearly 8 years as an opposition in Semangat 46.

In 1984, after Musa Hitam defeated Tengku Razaleigh again for the post of deputy president in Umno General Election, Tun Mahathir still appointed the latter as a minister eventhough Musa Hitam, a powerful Deputy Prime Minister and a Home Minister at that time was so much against it.

But he still appointed Ku Li nevertheless as the minister in MITI (albeit downgraded him from the Finance Minister post) since Ku Li is a capable leader and as the malay proverb goes – “kalah sekali, bukanlah kalah semua.”

Tun Mahathir made many unpopular decisions – be it concerning the capital controls during the currency crisis, his unwavering stance in curbing racist and religious extremists as well as his decisions to chastise the west and the jews for their hypocrisy and terrorism.

All these led him to become the longest serving (at 22 years 3 months) Prime Minister in the history of Malaysia.

Can we imagine any of the Prime Ministers after him doing such unpopular things? Of course we can’t. What is lacking in the current crop of Umno leaders is gumption and the believe of doing things right. In its place is the mistaken belief that their careers will last longer if they are popular. Unfortunately, they had got it backwards.

And it’s also a fact that Tun Mahathir is arguably the most popular Prime Minister we ever had. He is a walking and living brand and is a successful one at that. And all that stemmed from the fact of doing things right and not wanting to be popular.

How many times have we hear him say that he is merely stating the truth and do not care what people think about him? Plenty of times. He lives by his principles and sticks to it like glue.

On the contrary, what we have now are Umno leaders desperately trying to be popular.

Take for instance, the Ketua Pemuda Umno who is also the Minister of Youths and Sports. Apparently the day the kalimah Allah judgment was read out in the Courts of Appeal, the youth wing leader of agama bangsa dan negara party was more busy tweeting and promoting himself for a popularity contest.


The winner of this popularity contest will be announced this Saturday

The Shout Awards is a popularity award show organised by Media Prima to honour popular artists in the field of music, tv, movies and radio.

But lo and behold, a minister crept in and found himself in the nominees list as well!

How more pitiful (deserving or arousing pity) can you be when you are already a minister but still want to vie in a popularity contest? A contest where you are not really in sync with any of the categories mentioned.

Truly this is a new low for Pemuda Umno and Umno as a whole. In the face of current issues facing the party and the malays such as the attacks on the kalimah ruling by the liberals, as well as on other fronts, did the Pemuda Umno made any statements to defend the position? The only notable but half hearted statement by Pemuda Umno was when they seek explanation over news of US spying from its KL embassy.

Apart from that, the now liberal Pemuda Umno Malaysia is more than happy to enter popularity contests or collect Pakatan Rakyat leaders as their fans. God forbid, even the incorrigible Lim Kit Siang is the number one fan of Ketua Pemuda Umno now.

Nobody pointed a gun to his head and made compulsory for him to join this fluffy event. Yet he is there, tweeting and soliciting votes from the masses to vote for him for this award.

The ridiculousness of this glam-craze escapade underlines a bizarre, yet comical attitude of the Ketua Pemuda in wanting to be popular at all cost. The less he have, the more he is required to brag.

But since this is an era of liberalism and where Umno leaders want to be popular regardless if they have any substance at all, we should not be surprised. The Prime Minister and his myriad of advisors themselves are also in the forefront and believer of populist movement.

Just sit back and enjoy the entertainment all these leaders are providing us. After all, Umno is now a play and some of their leaders are actors.

Thank you.


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#anwar-ibrahim, #lim-kit-siang, #malaysian-ge-2013, #tengku-razaleigh-hamzah, #twitter

“Umno must choose leaders who had served the party from the lower ranks” says Ketua Pemuda’s mom

In News Straits Times today, where the editors appeared to be under the thumb of the Ketua Pemuda, an article was published on page 8 which had precisely shown how the editors can be quite naive in fulfilling the political agenda of the Ketua Pemuda.

EXPERIENCE COUNTS: They must heed needs of all races

Umno veterans say delegates who will be voting in the party election on Saturday should select vice-presidents and  leaders who are incorruptible and all-rounders.

They want the three vice-president posts to be given to candidates who have “climbed the ropes” and are well-versed with party affairs.

Umno Veterans Club secretary Datuk Mustapha Yaakub said the vice-presidents’ posts should be occupied by candidates who were prepared to work at any level.

“The delegates must choose leaders who are clean; free from corruption, have not misused funds, or been involved in any sex scandals.

“Reject candidates who are unscrupulous and are only out to seek a place in the supreme council for personal interests.”

This was what party president and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meant by a political transformation, he said.

Umno’s top leadership must be made up of those who understood the needs of the rakyat, he said, pointing out that come the next general election, the party would also have to gain support from non-Malay voters.

“If there is no such change, Umno will lose the support of the people. The party will cease to remain relevant,” he warned, reminding Umno members that the party’s fate was in their hands.

Outgoing Johor Umno liaison committee secretary Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil felt the top echelons in Umno should comprise personalities who had a thorough understanding of how to manage the country.

“Umno is a party that looks after Malay affairs, but as stated in the Constitution, the rest of the population must also be looked after.

“It is, therefore, imperative that the next leadership, especially the vice-presidents and the supreme council members, hold good qualifications and are able to represent the people.”

Ahmad Zahri, 64, advised voters to look at the backgrounds of the contenders vying for the relevant posts in the election before casting their ballots.

“This year’s party election serves as a true test of the democratisation process for Umno,” he said, stressing that delegates must make full use of their vote to ensure that the candidates they selected had proven leadership qualities.

Veteran Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid, 81, has found “experience” an important factor to consider when choosing the right candidate.

“Anybody looking to be elected into office should have served the party, starting out at the lower ranks,” she said, while voicing her disappointment at the entrance of Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir into the vice-presidency race.

“While I have nothing against him, I feel that Mukhriz has been pushed far too quickly up the ranks. He has not even served as division leader yet.

“Umno works religiously from ground to the top and if you have not spent time building the party or being a coolie, then you will not understand the sentiments of party members.”

She said Mukhriz should instead spend his time focusing on Kedah and get accepted by the people there first.

She pointed out that, in contrast, incumbent vice-president (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin Hussein had his foot on the ground and knew the party’s ins and outs.

“He has been the Umno youth chief before, and he has moved up the ladder in a proper way, being groomed by the party.”

She also gave credit to vice-presidential candidates Tan Sri Isa Samad and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, saying both had their share of experience.

There you go. Just like in the previous article entitled “Buruk ketuanya, buruklah pengikutnya”, it was written that:

“… just a stark reminder to those who want to ridicule other people – please look at the non-accomplishments of your Ketua Pemuda first before criticising others.”

And the NST article above is a perfect example how a mother of Ketua Pemuda should not criticise other people without being cognisant of her son’s own position.

In fact from another perspective, if the mother had said this before the Umno wings’ elections, it could dent the candidacy the incumbent Ketua Pemuda!

‘Ibarat percik air dalam dulang, terpercik muka sendiri’.

She said, “Anybody looking to be elected into office should have served the party, starting out at the lower ranks,”.

Did her own son the Ketua Pemuda started out from the lower ranks? He was a nobody but was pushed far too quickly up the ranks and became the Deputy Youth Head uncontested at the age of 28 just because his father in law was the sitting Umno President at that time.

She further said, “I feel that Mukhriz has been pushed far too quickly up the ranks. He has not even served as division leader yet.”


Was his son even a division head when he became Ketua Pemuda Umno in 2009? Mind you, Ketua Pemuda Umno is also one of the Vice Presidents in Umno hierarchy.

Lastly, she criticised Mukhriz Mahathir by saying:

“Umno works religiously from ground to the top and if you have not spent time building the party or being a coolie, then you will not understand the sentiments of party members.”

Where did his son served as a coolie of Umno to understand the sentiment of party members? In Kuwait? In Oxford? In Singapore?

Where makcik?

All the people in the Ketua Pemuda’s camp suffers dementia where they feel the need to criticise others with criticisms which incidentally reflect the inadequacies of that same Ketua Pemuda!

It is unfortunate that the Ketua Pemuda uses his mother to criticise a VP candidate. Where the VP post shouldn’t even be of concern to the Ketua Pemuda. The Ketua Pemuda should just focus on Pemuda Umno. Why bother poking his dirty nose on other people’s career?

But knowing him and his childish and petty ambition to smear anyone who will derail his ambition to become the eventual Prime Minister, his modus operandi had stoop ever so low.

This is in fact the opposite of the ‘semangat setiakawan’ he extols.

It is appropriate for his mother to tell Umno to ‘choose competent leaders’. Fullstop. But to lambast Mukhriz for rising up the ranks to quickly is highly irregular considering her own son’s unfair advantage towards others for the past 9 years.

And obviously it is highly inappropriate for NST to even publish this shoddy piece of journalism. None of the other so called veterans in the article above mentioned any names of the candidates. But somehow a veteran (?) Umno woman who happens to be the Ketua Pemuda’s mother had no qualms to mudsling a candidate in public and NST had the audacity to let it print.

Now the underdog had so much work to do. Considering all government’s media is actively trying to realise the ambition of one young arrogant leader who suffers misplaced sense of self-entitlement and jealousy.

We don’t count on Mukhriz to win this weekend with all this ungentlemanly conduct by people with no class.


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The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO

Here is an article written by a commentator:


The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO – Part I

By Ramayana

The recent statement by UMNO’s new Ketua Pemuda (who is also the old Ketua Pemuda, of course) defies logic. And that drives me nuts. Enough to make me put finger to keyboard and write something so that people can see just how nonsensical it is. And how nonsensical Pemuda UMNO has become.

Yes. The Emperor-in-waiting has no clothes, and this is why:

1. Ketua Pemuda is quoted as saying, in Pemuda UMNO’s official mouthpiece, that his win was a sign that UMNO wants to be more progressive and liberal. In other words, that UMNO wants to be like him and his big boss. Yet, the recent elections suggest this approach makes no sense:

a. If the Malay majority had indeed wanted a more liberal and progressive leadership, surely they would have voted for PKR and/or PAS en masse at GE13? Why didn’t they?

b. Instead, they turned around and gave UMNO an even bigger win this time. Why? Was it because at that moment they saw UMNO as a more progressive and liberal Malay party?

c. Is this then to be taken as a sign that the majority of Malays wants UMNO to become more progressive and liberal? If so, we wonder how these folks read roadsigns.

2. Related to that: it’s not just the Ketua Pemuda who makes the mistake, but these days almost everyone on top in UMNO, too – I loathe to use the term “UMNO leadership” because at present time they are showing anything but. They confidently proclaim that the reason why the Malays turned and gave UMNO a bigger majority was because – get this – the majority Malays accepted and endorsed Agenda Transformasi that UMNO brings through its president President (if you get what I mean).

I got a one word response to that. Unfotunately, it is unprintable.

a. We have to ask the President and his deluded minions: if that is supposed to be a sign that the Malay majority wants UMNO’s Agenda Transformasi, what does it say about the 95% Chinese voters who soundly REJECTED it?

b. Why continue with an agenda that is accepted only by 55% of the electorate, and soundly rejected in the urban areas?

No need to answer the rhetorical questions because we all know that the present stand – “Melayu sokong dan mahu Agenda Transformasi UMNOOOOO!” – is just a classic “cover line”, to use the popular Malay term.

The delusional belief stems from an effort to save the UMNO President’s self esteem that got whacked kaw-kaw at the recent elections. Despite the greatness of his Agenda Transformasi, 95% of the Chinese who were supposedly eating out of his hands rejected BN/UMNO. Who can forget the face of the BN/UMNO President the day after the results were announced? Terkulat-kulat sampai tak tahu nak duduk atau nak berdiri. Priceless. But then, just a few months on, he has found a way to excuse his bad performance, and is now back to his arrogant self.

Delusions is what you get when you hang out with the rakyat to watch footie on teevee only in Bangsar and Subang Jaya. Go down la to the various Uptowns and Downtowns and see what is really going on the minds of the REAL Melayu who are UMNO’s constituents. Then maybe you would know – as we on the outside already know clearly and without any doubt – the over-riding reason why the Malay masses turned to UMNO during the last elections.

3. Ketua Pemuda declares that he wants to make UMNO more centrist. WTF. UMNO _is_ centrist. This has been covered elsewehere, so I will keep it short:

The extremists are PAS and DAP, both extreme parties that are trying desperately – and succeeding – to cover line their extremism.

UMNO has always been centrist: UMNO’s policies – despite repeated attempts to paint them as negative, even by its own Ketua Pemuda – benefit everyone equally, if not favouring more towards the nons. Even with the NEP, when Malays get government contracts, they bring these jobs to suppliers – who make up the vast majority of these suppliers? The NEP succeeded in creating a huge Malay middle class – who benefits from this huge market made up of almost 70% of the nation’s population?

The illogic of a liberal and progressive UMNO – Part II

4. Again, we start by querying the logic: WTF do you want to turn UMNO into PKR for? Offering the same shit as the other side? Where is your USP then? The Malay noobs who want to be liberal and progressive, they should just go vote for PKR. Which in fact, was what they did.

a. But hang on. Excuse me, didn’t UMNO itself say that the majority of the Malay male youth voted BN/UMNO in GE13? So where’s the problem, yo?

b. You think by doing a PKR you would out-PKR PKR? How is that logical?

The analogy is of a nasi lemak seller who becomes an overnight success. So the very next day what happens? A new nasi lemak seller opens up a stall. Right next to the incumbent nasi lemak seller. Familiar story, innit? Who would have thought that Pemuda UMNO wanted a Ketua Pemuda who has the mentality of a jealous nasi lemak seller?

To put it another way: when you go and ape Apple, you are doomed to be stuck in Apple’s shadow. Nothing you come out with will ever be better than an iPad because, hell, iPad is Apple. Solution: offer something that is not an iPad. Like Android. And a company whose philosophy is not Apple’s. Like Google. See, you _can_ offer an alternative and still be cool.

You just need to, I dunno, think. Innovate, rather than copy. And here we thought innovation was the in-thing du jour of Bapak Presiden.

Create a new category, the way Apple had created a new category jugak dulu. When people offer A, you offer B. That’s logical. That’s a real alternative. When people offer A, you ejaculate in your pants and hurriedly turn the ship’s wheels around to offer A as well. When it is not even yet proven – as we have seen from the GE13 results – that 60% of the masses want the philosophy that A has. WTF is that if not insanity?

5. Related to that: one, in GE13 95% Chinese went out to vote vs 55% Malay/Bumis, yet UMNO still won. What does that say? Two, stats I have come across suggest the Malay youth under 30 mainly voted for BN. What does that say?

The logical thing to do would have been to strengthen your existing base. AND THEN you go look for new markets. At that time you can use your Bapak Presiden’s favourite Blue Ocean strategy – might as well, right, since you already paid millions for it.

Where is the logic of going for new markets before consolidating your existing one? Pre-assuming – based on denials and false assumptions – what your current market wants? That’s why perhaps after graduating from a prestigious alma mater the proper thing to do would have been to look for a job rather than a well-connected soulmate to marry. Masuk wataniah, jadi model majalah, ada dapat bayaran yang contribute kepada income Melayu naik to First World levels ke, dik.

6. The Malays have to change in order to compete in this new world. I agree wholeheartedly. But at what cost?

a. Do we need to be like others and become ultra-kiasu just to compete with them?

b. Do we have to set our religious principles aside in order to become successful?

We Malays have our set of principles, we have our way of life. At least in this country we could still create an environment where we can live the way we want to live.

So why are we dancing to the tune of others when it is we – who form 67% of the population – who should be the ones beating the gendang – not drum, ye Bapak Presiden, no need to get excited – for others to dance to?

This is UMNO’s role and responsibility. To create that environment for the majority of Malays. But it doesn’t want to do that. Instead it wants to become exotic little creatures that everyone would coo and ahh to, massive exercises of ego-massaging for people with low self esteem and such desperately low self confidence in their own capabilities that they need a battalion of advisors.

The question we majority Malays are left with at the end of the day is this:

If UMNO becomes “liberal dan progresif”, where are we majority Malays who are “tradisionalis dan konservatif” supposed to turn to? We already _have_ a traditionalist and conservative Malay party: it’s called UMNO.

Those who crave to be liberal and progressive should just decamp to PKR. Why are you still in UMNO?


The Liberal Ketua Pemuda

It’s good that the Ketua Pemuda admits he is liberal. He had never admitted it before and in the previous article, we just labelled him as such only due to his affinity towards doing something unorthodox and non traditional. We half expected him to say that he is at most, a modernist.

Meaning, trying to modernise Umno and strengthen it by adapting with the change of times. But never a liberal. We dangled the word because his policies and speeches often mimicked the self proclaimed liberals in DAP and PKR. Here is the true meaning of the word liberal in its political sense:

1) Not bound by orthodox tenets or established forms in political or religious philosophy; independent in opinion; not conservative; friendly to great freedom in the constitution or administration of government; having tendency toward democratic or republican, as distinguished from monarchical or aristocratic, forms; as, liberal thinkers..

2) One who favors greater freedom in political or religious matters; an opponent of the established systems

So there you go.

Now we are certain that he is indeed, a liberal.

By the way, do you know why Ketua Pemuda Umno no longer care about the court ruling involving the Allah issue? Precisely because he is now liberal.

As at this time (2pm), no tweets were forthcoming from the Ketua Pemuda. Only his non-Umno minions are busy lambasting the court ruling.

The focus now is no longer about religion or even race (that letter M in UMNO used to mean something). Besides, if he is seen as being too much gung-ho on anything about his agama and bangsa, might not sit well with his liberal friends outside Umno. That will only make him less popular.

The focus now is about liberalism and to a greater extent, how to use this liberal agenda to gain further support for his political career from outside Barisan Nasional. Grassroots Pemuda Umno do not really understand the word ‘liberal’ in its political context.  Just maybe, even the Ketua Pemuda does not understand the history behind the word ‘liberal’.

When Pemuda Umno see their Ketua Pemuda as popular and even gets positive remarks from people within Pakatan Rakyat, they then feel that they must vote him at all costs. Maybe in the future Umno will get more votes from Pakatan Rakyat fans -just because he is popular. What Pemuda Umno know is just what they see. Not what they think.

The Ketua Pemuda will just follow the hottest trend of the day. That’s why sometimes he regressed on his words and does an about turn on a lot of things just to pander towards a more popular sentiment. For all these self-promoting actions, only a trained mind will able to discern them in the next couple of years. The oblivious Umno members will just be like rats being led by the pied piper.

“Buruk ketuanya, buruklah pengikutnya”

For the past couple of weeks there have been no articles regarding the upcoming Umno elections in this blog. It was on purpose because this Umno election, well at least to the opinion of this blogger will not see much change. Whether specifically on the line-up or generally on Umno itself.

We can bet, after the winners have been announced and the confetti being swept away clean, and after the party president gave an arousing speech that the new (more or less) line-up will pave way for a new and re-energised Umno, the party will revert to its old ways of doing things.

This blog tried to stay away from commenting on the candidates because honestly, there are bigger things to ponder about.

But when a known stooge of the incumbent Ketua Pemuda unfairly ridiculed the father of an Umno Vice President candidate through his tweets, then this blog just had to say something about him and his boss – the Ketua Pemuda. Something along the line – ‘kokok berderai-derai, ekor bergelumang tahi’.


Obviously trying to mock Tun Mahathir and his son


Obtusely disparaging Tun Dr Mahathir

Since the Ketua Pemuda and his lackeys have no due regards towards the older generation and had extensively in every turn tried to denigrate the grand old man in very way possible, let us then write something about the Ketua Pemuda just to remind his pack of mongrels to look in the mirror first before poking their noses where they don’t belong.

First off, we begin with these few paragraphs which were written back in November 2008:

Since 2004, Umno is permeated with a culture of being ‘biadap’ to its illustrious former president. This culture of running down their own former leader was one of the factor Umno lost the support from many of its own members.

When Pak Lah and followers were rude to Tun Dr Mahathir, many were turned off by their diatribe. The 4th floor boys were working overtime in discrediting Tun Dr Mahathir. Even NST, Umno’s own newspaper were used to criticise the grand old man. An astute blogger, Datuk Sakmongkol had succinctly put it in a few words;

“The present administration is distinguished in its feverish attempts to discredit as much as possible the legacy of Tun Dr Mahathir. Hence the open ended freedom to strike and assassinate given to political storm troopers like Obergruppenfuhrer Musa Hitam, the purveyor of the term elegant silence plus the barking Rottweilers and Dobermans like Nazri Aziz, Sabry Cheek, Azalina Othman, Ismail Sabri, Zaid Ibrahim, Zaid Hamidi and the man who claimed to be primus inter pares– Shahrir ‘the silverback’ Samad.”

Summarily, they still do not realise their mistake. This barrage of criticisms prolonged even after the general election.

When Samy Vellu was criticising Tun, where were the Umno Youth wing to defend their own leader? Again, as aptly said by Datuk Sakmongkol in one of his earlier writings;

“When Tun Dr Mahathir was his boss, Samy Vellu did not find anything wrong with Tun Mahathir. In fact, Samy Vellu was the greatest apple polisher Tun Mahathir had. Indeed sometimes Samy was more Mahathir that Tun himself. Who shall ever forget, Samy’s act of filial devotion by hand feeding Tun Mahathir with a Deepavali morsel?

Meanwhile in UMNOland, it was All Quiet On The Western Front. Not a single UMNO leader defended their one time president. This man was the UMNO president for 22 years. Their dreadful and shameless behaviour confirms my belief that all these UMNO leaders must be resign en bloc from their MKT positions. If they cannot defend their own leader, how can we ever hope they will protect us? Let the UMNO electorate now judge you.”

With this kind of scenario, I am surprised that Khairy Jamaluddin still do not get it. When many of his underlings in the form of pro KJ blogs are condemning Tun left right and centre, one left to wonder if he could really learn any lesson.

Until now, there is one question that can never be answered comprehensively by KJ and his followers.

“What was the basis, the merit and the reason that enable KJ to be elected unopposed to the post of Deputy Umno Youth Head of Malaysia in 2004?”

And yet, he and his bloggers have no qualms in ridiculing Tun in the blogosphere. In their effort of criticising their political rival Datuk Mukhriz, the only modus operandi of these cyber troopers resort to is to question Mukhriz’s pedigree and his father’s.

I cannot help but to be amused with this. Because, if I were to take the same route, I can also compare Tun with KJ’s own father in law in the process. A feat I would happily relish.

Since they assume that today, Tun Dr. Mahathir is protecting and promoting his son, let’s go down memory lane and read this:

Back in 2009 during the pervious Umno election, the current Ketua Pemuda was caught by the Disciplinary Board of Umno but was able to continue on despite the money politics charges. It was written:

Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam

Verdict : GUILTY


Khairy Jamaluddin

Verdict : GUILTY


Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo



My take? It will be interesting to see whether Umno Youth delegates would still want to vote a candidate that was deemed guilty of money politics. Umno disciplinary board had made mockery of all Umno members. I can imagine the headlines should KJ wins the contest next week:


Can anyone takes a guess how did the son in law of the Prime Minister at that time could be let off so easily even after being caught in money politics? The only possible explanation is because he had blatantly said time and time again that he will use the protection from his father in law to attain his ambition.

He actually said:

“There’s a certain extent (to which) these people in Umno will not go after me. So it gives me ‘protection’ to change things. 

“If I don’t use this ‘protection’ to change things for the better, then I’m just wasting time and marking my time to go up the ladder of politics. That’s not what I am about.

“I want to use this time that I have while I have this ‘protection’ to change things, to change Umno for the better,” he said yesterday during a question-and-answer session at the Kancil Awards Festival Speakers series.

Yes, he is not about to wait his time and patiently and slowly go up the ladder of hierarchy like other people. He unashamedly said that he will USE his position as son-in-law to change things! But judging from what we can see for the past 9 years, Umno didn’t become better. The only changes we have seen is him, promoting himself and going up the leadership hierarchy in record time – just like what he said he would.

And yet, the underlings, those sycophants of this Ketua Pemuda had the gall to tell us that he is where he is now because of his own merit?!

These yes-men must have gone full retard!

The only reason why he is in the race as Ketua Pemuda back in 2009 was because he won unopposed as its deputy in 2004. That is not merit. That is nepotism.

The reason he became Ketua Pemuda was because the Disciplinary Board of Umno felt that it needs to give protection to a corrupt candidate guilty of money politics, which of course he won the race.

In 2008, Barisan Nasional did not get the majority votes from the youth. In 2013, Barisan Nasional fared even worse than in 2008 with the majority of youths again, did not vote for Barisan Nasional. Now what have Ketua Pemuda Umno and BN Youth Chairman had to say about that?

Well in not so many words he said – I have fulfilled my KPI and must be made a minister. Again, that misplaced arrogance and misguided sense of self-entitledment.

The reason he became a minister is because he is the Ketua Pemuda Umno. That’s it.

The only thing that was accomplished by him is that he is now loved by the leaders from Pakatan Rakyat. All the Barisan Nasional Youth Fair, all the BN Job Fair and all his other initiatives he had concocted, did all those manage to gain votes from the youth? Of course it didn’t. Otherwise BN could have gained a few more seats. What it did gain is increase of his popularity.

In other words, BN Youth Wing and Umno Youth Wing do not understand the basics of voters’ mentality. Even from his speeches, the Ketua Pemuda is way off tangent in understanding the basics of Umno’s raison d’etre.  His political speeches once suffered a few criticism from yours truly and a few bloggers.

The problem with this Ketua Pemuda is that he wasn’t brought up within the ambient of Umno’s struggle. Most of his life, he spent it away from this country. He can be termed as liberal and somewhat progressive. The only reason why he is even in Umno is because that is where the power lies. And with power, comes the many forms of benefits such as – twitter toadies.

It is not a sin to be liberal and progressive. The only problem is the apparent dichotomy of being liberal philosophically but trapped in a right wing party.

And when you surround yourself with like-minded liberals as your groupies, then it takes a toll in your reputation from within the party. Although being thick skinned is this particular Ketua Pemuda’s trademark, being wise is certainly not.

This Ketua Pemuda wants to be liberal in Umno and be looked upon as liberal in national politics as well.

Therein lies the problem and the central theme on why he is not trusted by most grassroot Umno members.

The Ketua Pemuda of Umno must always be seen as the protector of malay rights and the Constitution. This must be seen even in national stage and beyond. For if the Ketua Pemuda is too liberal and is friendly towards the enemies of malay rights and the Constitution (like how he as successfully achieved), then any speeches he made within Umno’s context is deemed as hypocritical.

You cannot be a left wing at national level but right wing at party levels. It just doesn’t make sense. That would be called, playing to the gallery.

Many still remember this:

Forked tongue

We usually will never trust liars

And what is worse about this Ketua Pemuda, he changes tact at a drop of the hat. At one time he kissed the keris to protect the malay rights when he made speeches during a party assembly, but at certain times, he wants to make Umno more centrist.

Confused much?

Now if at national level Umno is being attacked from all corners, who is there to protect the malay rights and it’s position in the Constitution? The liberal Minister of Youth and Sports? Or the sometimes conservative, sometimes centrist but most of the times confused Ketua Pemuda?

The right way to do things as an Umno leader in this multiracial country is to be right wing at national level (nationalistic, patriotic, protecting the Constitution, defending malay rights) but be very strong in advocating progress in the thinking of Umno members (malays must be progressive, must not rely on the crutches forever, must attain meritocracy etc). That way Umno as a party will progress and yet its position at national level is defended.

You can’t be both liberals at national level AND at party levels.

Currently we have one Prime Minister who tries to inculcate moderation and liberal ideas at national front but during Umno assembly, made fiery remarks on how he will protect malay rights.

It doesn’t makes sense for the 3 million Umno members.

His actions in launching damning initiatives towards the malay agenda since 2009 did not help his cause. That is why when he recently announced a few policies to help the bumiputera community last month, it was immediately deemed as pandering towards the upcoming Umno elections. Thank God (for him) that he was unchallenged. Therefore, there could be a risk that those policies will not be pursued with vigour after all.

And we also do not understand why this Ketua Pemuda has this nonsensical urge to spew rhetoric:

Khairy Jamaluddin, who looks set to be returned unopposed as Umno Youth chief, will use his second term to cultivate a more centrist approach for the wing that has traditionally been a pressure group.

He said that being vocal in expressing right-wing sentiment in defending the interests of the party was no longer appropriate.

“I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to a more centrist wing that focuses on issues and their solutions,” Khairy said in an interview.

Will focussing on issues and solutions brings back votes from the youth to Barisan Nasional and Umno? What are the examples of Pemuda Umno focussing on issues and providing solutions that had gained majority flocks of votes into the fold of Barisan Nasional in the last general election?

Before this article gets too carried away, just a stark reminder to those who want to ridicule other people – please look at the non-accomplishments of your Ketua Pemuda first before criticising others.

Some of this yes-men of the Ketua Pemuda may argue that this blog is trying to ‘bodek’ Tun Dr. Mahathir. But unlike the Ketua Pemuda, Tun Dr. Mahathir has no say in the government and has no powers in Umno. He only has his words and charisma.  There is nothing to gain by defending Tun Dr. Mahathir. This is done just by the sheer respect he commands.

Not many leaders have that capability. Most people only command respect when they are in the position of power. Something most Umno leaders past and present often forgot.

This is not an article to dent the chances of the Ketua Pemuda to retain his seat. We have no doubt that he will win with a big margin. He has done that before in 2009 and he will do it again. Umno members especially the Pemuda have no ability to discern between what is good and what is bad for them anyway. This article is just for the lackeys of Ketua Pemuda and hopefully they remember the kind of person they are supporting. There is actually nothing to be proud of. Like some old wise men always say “Buruk ketuanya buruk lah pengikutnya. Pengikut kurang ajar, pemimpin hilang maruah”.

Just as mentioned at the start of this article, this wouldn’t have been written if it’s not because of a few uncouth people.